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Wheelchair bound residents argue they are forced to ride in the streets

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Some wheel chair bound residents in the Capital City claim they are being forced to ride in the street while traveling areas that have no sidewalks.

Clifton Bailey, 55, has not had the use of his legs since contracting Polio as an infant.

He is often seen riding his wheelchair in the streets, which is against the law.

Bailey said he has been cited by police when riding on streets that don't have sidewalks.

He tells us that his biggest problem is trying to get to the grocery store on Bailey Avenue.

There are sidewalks there, but Bailey said he has trouble maneuvering them because the concrete is broken in many areas and overrun with grass in others.

He also says he has difficulty in some areas that lead to downtown.

"It's kind of dangerous for us, but we don't have no other choice to get around. It's kind of hard for us to get around and some of these streets don't have handicapped, and some of us have tickets," said Bailey.

Bailey said last year he was issued a $40.00 citation for riding in the street.

The Jackson Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Council meets once a month each Wednesday and provides input and makes recommendations toward bringing the public and private entities into compliance with federal laws.

You can find more information about the City of Jackson's efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act on their web site.

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